Advantages Central location; pleasant ambience; hearty food
Disadvantages Little for veggies; not especially friendly
Finding a good restaurant in Zagreb is not difficult; the only problem is choosing just one. Of course, if you are staying for several days your task is made easier but we recently stayed in the Croatian capital for just one night so we wanted to choose well.After a little deliberation over a couple of glasses of beer from a local microbrewery, we decided on Stari Fijaker, a traditional Croatian restaurant housed in what is reputedly one of Zagreb’s oldest ‘beer halls’ – or so the Zagreb In Your Pocket brochure claimed. In fact this was much more of an inn and less beer hall; all of the customers were dining and if this really was a beer hall, I’d have expected more people to be only drinking. Perhaps the description lost something in translation?
Here and there, suspended from the ceiling, are little black carriages made from wrought iron – fijaker, or ‘fiacres’ as they are known in English (using the French name). I must have been having a dim moment because I had seen the name of the restaurant and said it aloud several times but it wasn’t until we were inside and saw the little carriages that I understood the restaurant’s name. Anyway, it means “The Old Fiacre” (which I am certain will be deliberately misheard in some quarters).The menu here focuses on Zagreb-Zagorje; Zagorje is a region of northern Croatia close to the border with Slovenia (there’s also a town in Slovenia of the same name and that’s not in border country). With the region being inland and predominantly rural, the menu is meat heavy and rather traditional. If I’m honest, there’s not a great deal here to appeal to vegetarians; there are cheese struckli - dumplings drowned in a cheesy sauce (for want of a better description) - but they do tend to get a bit heavy before you get even halfway through the portion and if you’ve eaten in other Croatian restaurants, you’re bound to have had them already.
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